Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury law is rarely straightforward. When you have a serious injury, however, you will need to know what to do to recover. At The Law Office of Frank S. Clowney III, I take ample time to explain the options and legal process to my clients. Read my personal injury FAQ below and call my San Diego firm at 619-618-2419 to get more answers today.

What should I do if I have been hurt in a car accident?

When a crash happens anywhere in California, safety should be your priority. Check to see if you or anyone else involved needs emergency medical help. If urgent medical help is not necessary, move to a safe location, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver, and report the incident to the police.

However, do not admit fault or apologize to anyone. Simply state what happened to the police. It is best to avoid speaking with insurance agents until you consult with a car accident lawyer first. What you do in the moments and days following a crash could determine whether you can get compensation – or whether the other driver could file a claim against you.

What should I look for in a personal injury attorney?

Often, one of the clearest signs of a good lawyer is their experience. With decades of solving personal injury cases, a lawyer may be able to anticipate any obstacles in your case. They are also more likely to know how to solve complex problems involving insurance or other legal matters.

Your attorney must also be able to handle your case with skill. In addition to having comprehensive legal knowledge, they should be strategic, loyal and compassionate. Your lawyer should make you feel respected and heard. When working to recover from severe injuries, compassion can make all the difference.

What are contingency fees?

Contingency fees mean that your lawyer will only charge you for their services if they can secure compensation for you. If your lawyer wins your case, you can pay them a percentage of the recovery they helped you obtain. If your attorney cannot win your case, you do not have to pay for services beyond limited court filing fees.

A contingency fee plan benefits injured clients. If you suffered a serious injury, you already have medical bills to pay, lost income and other costs related to your case. Contingency fees prevent further financial loss if you do not gain compensation to cover the damages. Legal fees should not have to stop you from getting the money and justice you need.